Recently my favorite wing joint closed its doors. I’d been going there for the better part of 10 years. It was a sad day for me. I LOVE WINGS!! My stepmom taught me how to fry them at home. And yeah, they were really good but I hate cooking with all of that oil. By the way, I recently dropped over 30 pounds and I’m not about to put it all back on. So! As usual, I turned to Pinterest.
I searched and I searched. Loads of recipes for baked wings. That’s all fine and dandy but it was really important to me that they have some crisp. After all, that’s how I always order my wings – EXTRA CRISPY!
Finally I came across THIS recipe that claims to produce crispy wings without any extra oil. The trick: par boiling. That was a total “Duhhhhh!” Moment for me. Of course! Why didn’t I think of that? Probably because I don’t ever boil meat. No matter, it’s worth a shot!
I decided to experiment a little and do whole wings too. I was following the cooking instructions to the letter. I washed my wings. I par boiled them for 7 minutes. Then I set them to drip dry on wire racks for a bit. Followed by dabbing them with paper towels to be sure I got them good and dry.
Here’s the rub: my oven is on the fritz so I used my toaster oven. I baked the wings just like she described only I was using a toaster oven. 30 minutes later… Guess what! It worked!!
I couldn’t believe it either. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m TOTALLY ECSTATIC that it did but in my heart I wasn’t expecting much.
Are they totally crispy all around? No. Only the areas that were touching the sheet/pan but that’s perfectly fine with me.
Moving on, I had a bottle of buffalo sauce so I used that instead of making my own sauce. I just swirled the wings around in a bowl with a little sauce and voila!
No, they weren’t dry at all. Yes! They tasted as good as they look. Even better because they’re healthier.
Time now to do a batch with wing sections. Let’s see how they do!
The chicken in the boiling water doesn’t look so appetizing. But then, that’s to be expected. Don’t let that deter you.
Yuck! Look at all that oil. It’s part of the process though. I’d rather see it in discarded water than know I’ll be eating it. It’s oddly satisfying to literally wash some calories down the drain.
So they finish boiling and same thing. I let them drain on a wire rack for a bit and then blotted them with paper towels. Fresh outta the oven and BAM!
What’s that?? I should put some sauce on them? Don’t mind if I do.
I will forever make my wings this way from here on out. No question!
There is one thing I need to mention, I did have some slight trouble with the wings sticking to the sheet/pan but it wasn’t anything big. Also, they’re still greasy. Just less greasy and we didn’t add any.
I used my toaster oven and it worked just fine but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re making a bunch. You’ll have to do it in batches and at 40 min per batch it becomes really time consuming.
The only thing left for me to do is start thinking of sauce flavors. Or maybe some dry rub to sprinkle on after I pull them outta the oven. Maybe even consider brining the wings the way I do my chicken breasts for even MORE flavor.
Seriously! Give it a try. I hope it works out as well for you as it did for me.